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July 09, 2013
Survival Gear: U.S. Spec Medium Transport Pack - 0
by Tim MacWelch
Although we all should know better, I’ve seen a harmful trend among the preparedness crowd in recent years—the massively overloaded, heart attack-inducing, mega bug-out-bag. It seems that the bigger the pack, the more likely you are to put a cast iron frying pan in it. OK, maybe I am exaggerating a little, but you get the point. In a quest to save myself from myself, and to help others down the minimalist path, I began researching smaller bags and backpacks that would do the trick. I think I have a winner, and you won’t believe the price tag!
U.S. Spec Medium Transport Pack, available through Sportsman’s Guide represents a great balance between low cost, good quality, and smaller size. With a ridiculous MSRP of $30, decent stitching and design, and a 1,150 cubic inch capacity with abundant modular webbing attachment points, this could be your favorite new BOB.
With abundant positive customer reviews, an overall favorable appearance, and the bargain price, I pulled the trigger on one of these rugged little gems, and I’m really glad I did. Here are its features:
- Tough 100-percent heavy-duty 600 Denier Polyester
With a price like this, it should come as no surprise that this isn’t an American-made product (it hails from China). My other gripe is that the zipper pulls jingle quite a bit, though a little tape fixes that in short order. At the end of the day, this is a fine pack at a great price.